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In Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace, when Anakin and Padme met for the first time, Anakin was a 5 year old child, I think. Does anyone know what was Padme's age at that time? After that, they fell in love and married. So what was the age difference between Anakin and Padme?

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In 'The Phantom Menace' (set in 32 BBY) Anakin is aged 9 and Padmé is 14. He turns ten during the film.

By the time of their (sexual) relationship in Attack of the Clones, (set ten years later, set in 22 BBY) he was 19 and she was 24 so the age-difference was just 5 years.

The name resonated in young Anakin’s heart and soul. He hadn’t seen her in a decade, not since he, along with Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, had helped her in her struggle against the Trade Federation on Naboo. He had only been ten years old at that time, but from the moment he had first laid eyes on Padmé, young Anakin had known that she was the woman he would marry.

Never mind that Padmé was several years older than he was. Never mind that he was just a boy when he had known her, when she had known him. Never mind that Jedi were not allowed to marry. - Attack of the Clones: Official Novelisation


As to why she doesn't appear to age (much), I think we can put that down to an excellent moisturisation regime.

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    I'm not convinced the difference between Hollywood's "14" and Hollywood's "24" is that big anyway . . . – Jonathan Cast May 1 '16 at 16:13
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    I knew this because of Weird Al: "Did you see him hitting on the queen? Though he's just nine and she's fourteen, yeah he's probably gonna marry her some day..." – Darrel Hoffman May 1 '16 at 16:15
  • @DarrelHoffman: incidentally, that always seemed a bit odd to me; did he seem to be hitting on her to you? The "are you an angel" line, badly written as it was, still struck me more as childish naivete than calculated seduction. – Harry Johnston May 2 '16 at 1:32
  • @HarryJohnston - Maybe that's just how George Lucas thinks that 9-year olds hit on people? Anyhow, "Did you see him asking if the queen was an angel?" breaks the rhyme and meter of the song, so we'll give Weird Al some leeway on that... – Darrel Hoffman May 2 '16 at 13:33
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    @Richard - I didn't say he was. Weird Al did, and I quoted him. And also suggested that maybe Lucas thought he was, but that's just speculation. – Darrel Hoffman May 2 '16 at 14:48

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